Let’s get real for a moment

I was just going through my tens of thousands of emails (don’t mind my inability to throw things out, including email) and I realized that I subscribe to email lists thinking that I’m a different person than I am and then those emails come to taunt me with guilt and shame.  For example, I just had to delete an email from Whole New Mom, which I am sure is made up of lovely people, but whose list of recipes focused on Paleo and gluten-free and real food was just making me feel like my Wingstop dinner was a crime against humanity.  So, I unsubscribed.  Another email was telling me all the ways I should be marketing my blog to grow my followers.  And although I would love to grow my followers, I know that I don’t have the time right now to produce a giveaway that will be a bonus for my affiliate selling (which I don’t really do at this moment) and I didn’t have time to attend the webinar being offered.  I felt like a failed blogger.  So, I unsubscribed.  

I just want to be real with all those who are reading this.  I am overwhelmed and underproductive.  I would love to give you free gifts and sell you things that you would find useful, but right now, I can barely get a post written here and there that has a photo to go along with it.  I have a goal to eat at home more, but for that to be realistic, there has to be a lot of cans and boxes and jars involved.  I’m sorry that I can’t feed my child whole foods from the plant, but if I try to restrict myself to that, I will fail and end up in a McDonald’s drive thru before the week is over.  So, I’m being real.  I think we should all be real with each other.  If you have the time and energy to make only whole food meals and do giveaways with your affiliate sales, more power to you.  Literally, you have more power than I do on the internet.  But, if you are just out there, getting by day to day, looking for small wins, or just to avoid the huge losses, I’m right there with you.  

This week, I would like to focus on giving everyone out there, including myself, a bit of grace.  Let’s model God and forgive ourselves for our shortcomings.  Let’s stop looking at how we can be “better” at things and start celebrating how we’re already doing well.  Did your child have a meal today that involved a fruit or a vegetable?  Win!  Did you post something on your blog or call a friend or family member to say hi?  Win!  Did you do a load of laundry and actually get it put away before the day was over?  Win!  Did you feed your animals?  Win!  We are all doing things to help our households, ourselves and our neighbors here and there.  So, let’s celebrate those small victories!